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Rally Ireland: SS4.

SS4 - Glenboy 2 (22.25km): Loeb fastest through SS4; Sordo second; Hirvonen third; Atkinson fourth; Aava fifth; Henning Solberg sixth; Gareth MacHale had gearbox problems; Al Qassimi went off - lost around a minute; Burkart heads the JWRC category; Loeb leads overall by 31.8secs.


Top ten stage times for SS4:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 11mins 37.4secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 02.0secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 10.0secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 29.8secs MT
5. Urmo Aava Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 38.5secs MT
6. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 42.1secs MT
7. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 42.8secs A8
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 03.7secs A8
9. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +01mins 08.8secs A8
10. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus +01mins 16.4secs A8


Overall times after SS4:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 48mins 10.1secs M
2. Urmo Aava Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 31.8secs MT
3. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 32.2secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 34.2secs M
5. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 30.8secs MT
6. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +02mins 28.3secs A8
7. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus +02mins 50.2secs A8
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +03mins 02.0secs A8
9. Chris Atkinson Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +03mins 02.3secs MT
10. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +03mins 06.0secs A8
11. Eamonn Boland Subaru Impreza WRC +03mins 09.1secs A8
12. Aaron MacHale Ford Focus WRC +04mins 17.3secs A8
13. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +04mins 20.9secs A8
14. Alan Ring Mitsubishi Evo 9 +04mins 28.9secs N4
15. Shaun Gallagher Mitsubishi Evo 9 +04mins 58.8secs N4
16. Gary Jennings Mitsubishi Evo 9 +05mins 43.1secs N4
17. Austin MacHale Ford Focus WRC +06mins 55.3secs A8
18. Tim McNulty Subaru S12B +06mins 57.3secs A8
19. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 +07mins 36.5secs J
20. Hans Weijs Citroen C2 S1600 +07mins 41.0secs J


Overall JWRC after SS4:

1. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 55mins 46.6secs J
2. Hans Weijs Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 04.5secs J
3. Yoann Bonato Suzuki Swift Sport +00mins 08.2secs J


Notable retirements:

SS2/3. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 Mechanical. M
SS2/3. Niall McShea Proton Satria Neo S2000 Electrical. S2000
SS3. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio R3 Electrical. J

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
J - denotes Junior WRC entry.

all times unofficial


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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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rich ard

January 30, 2009 3:25 PM

i dont think that people should be criticising loeb because he is "dominating". it is up to the other drivers to catch him but alas there seem to be no driver of his caliber at present. we should therefore be glad to be able to witness a truly great driver, AND ALLROUNDER. when he retires, the sport will at a loss, but i am sure that another driver will then come on the scene and dominate in his own way. people did not complain about sainz, alen, makkinen etc,when they dominated, so why pick on one of the most charming and talent drivers?

Vinnie - Unregistered

January 30, 2009 5:12 PM

I remember the good old days of the Circuit of Ireland, that was an amazing event, loads of entries, briliant crack and spectacular rallying over dramatic stages and scenery, shame we're reduced to a Mickey Mouse show today. I've just heard they've cancelled the night stages tonight because there's too much standing water, oh dear what horrible weather conditions, can you imagine Bertie Fisher compaining about standing water when he used to dance through the stages in his Escort, what a load of poofs these modern day drivers are, it's a shambles.



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